Abra Malaga

An exciting drive to the top of Malaga Pass

Abra Malaga is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.343m (14,248ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of La Convención and Urubamba provinces in the Cusco Region of Peru.

Tucked away in the southern highlands of Peru, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Ruta 28B. The road is very scenic running through some of the most impressive landscapes of the country.

Set high in the Andes, snow in autumn and winter blocks the entire road making traveling in those seasons dangerous and there are many accidents caused by snow and ice. With more than one hundred hairpin turns and steep sections, the curvy road is not easy.

The pass is 121 km (75 miles) long, running east-west from Ollantaytambo to Santa Maria. After the Inca town of Ollantaytambo, the paved road climbs via numerous hairpin bends, each offering a still more spectacular view of the Sacred Valley. On the eastern side of the summit, the road descends into an area de neblina -a rugged area characterized by mist, puna grasses, and fens-.
Pic: HEOL DU

 

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